Take a seed.
Put it in some dirt. Maybe add some compost.
Now, water it.
Then, do the hardest part: walk away.
I mean it, walk away.
Because if you worry whether the seeds are germinating, doubt whether they’re growing – pull them up to check the progress? You’ll kill the plant.
Growing things calls for patience.
Even if it’s growing your career, your business, your practice, your network. Your love life, your family, your friendships. Whatever you’re growing, you need patience, baby.
And you need to plant seeds. Every single day.
Plant plenty, because we all know that some seeds will not grow. Too much water, too much sun, not enough water, not enough sun – there are many reasons seeds don’t take root.
But you can’t take it personally. Just plant so many seeds that a few duds won’t make any difference.
Just keep planting, even in the most unlikely places.
Because some seeds can thrive in an improbable inch of dirt in a random crack in the sidewalk.
Want a new job as a lawyer? Talk to your periodontist.
Want to meet a new person? Ask the yoga instructor.
Need to meet someone at XYZ, Inc.? You’d be surprised to know that the softball coach’s younger brother is the CEO there.
Plant those seeds and water them with generosity and genuine kindness.
Let them develop roots.
Let them flourish and grow.
And when it’s time to harvest, you will have a bumper crop.